UCLA Health Nephrology
- Chronic kidney disease
- Alport syndrome
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Fabry’s disease
- Kidney stones
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
- And more
“Patients benefit from our vast experience and receive outstanding, comprehensive care.”
The UCLA Health Division of Nephrology leads the nation in groundbreaking research and innovative treatments for all types of kidney conditions. As recognized leaders in nephrology services, our experts help children and adults with a variety of kidney conditions. UCLA Health nephrology is #1 on the West Coast and #3 in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. We’re proud to lead the nation in advanced diagnostics, world-class care, effective treatments for kidney disease and preserving kidney function. Patients benefit from our vast experience and receive outstanding, comprehensive care from top experts dedicated to their well-being.
WHAT IS NEPHROLOGY?
Huma Hasnain Kennedy, MD: Nephrologists are internal medicine doctors who have pursued additional training to specialize in conditions that relate to the kidneys. Nephrologists help their patients maintain healthy blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent kidney disease progression. Nephrologists are also a great source of knowledge for identifying issues relating to your kidney health and other diseases such as resistant hypertension, electrolyte abnormalities and prevention of kidney stones.
NUTRITION & KIDNEY HEALTH
Michelle Hwang, MD: Good hydration and nutrition are important to overall kidney health. Hydration may slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, and dehydration can cause acute kidney injury that may progress to chronic disease if the dehydration status sustains. Good nutrition with the proper balance of nutrients will help keep your kidney function stable and provide you with the energy to do your daily tasks. For example, protein is one of the essential nutrients that give you energy and helps build muscle. However, too much protein can make your kidneys work harder and potentially cause more damage. The correct amount of protein to consume daily is based on an individual’s activity level and body size. Nutrition plays an important role in helping patients support kidney health.
Harpreet Sidhu, MD: Nephrology is a branch of medicine that pertains to the kidneys. Kidneys are part of the urinary system and remove waste products and toxins from the blood and produce urine in the process. The kidneys also maintain a balance of water, salts and minerals, regulate blood pressure, are critical in red blood cell production, and allow nerves, muscles and other tissues to work normally.
WHAT IS CKD?
Huma Hasnain Kennedy, MD: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common condition that occurs when the kidneys are damaged and cannot properly filter blood. Risk factors for CKD include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, family history of CKD and being older than age 60. Patients do not typically have symptoms until CKD has progressed to a late stage, which is why proactive screening with standard blood and urine tests is so important.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
Harpreet Sidhu, MD: Regular exercise may help prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, all of which are risk factors for developing kidney disease.
Michelle Hwang, MD: One health tip I discuss with my patients is to choose food with less salt. Always check for sodium information on the nutrition label for packaged foods. When possible, I recommend that my patients choose fresh vegetables or fruits instead of canned vegetables or canned or dried fruits, as sodium is used to preserve foods. When eating out, remember that most dressings and sauces contain sodium, so asking your server to put dressing or sauce on the side is another way to reduce your sodium intake.